Downtown Office Tower

Today, the City of Edmonton announced that we’ve successfully concluded negotiations with the EAD First Street Building Corporation to lease space for City staff in a new office tower. I recognize that some of you may have questions about this announcement, so I want to share some of the background with you. 

The City has been reviewing its space needs for City staff in the downtown core for a few years. We have about 3000 staff working downtown in nine different buildings; some of our leases are expiring and other buildings are reaching the end of their useable life. So, in the Fall of 2012, we launched a Request for Expressions of Interest to determine market interest in providing space to house city staff, and in Spring of 2013, we began a Negotiated Request for Proposals, receiving 14 submissions.  

Ensuring a Fair Process

The RFP generated a lot of interest, so the City engaged a Fairness Advisor and two independent peer reviewers to ensure a fair, comprehensive selection process.

Through this process, EAD’s proposal for 350,000 square feet of office space in a new tower being built at 101 Street and 104 Avenue was chosen. The new building will move 65% of our staff into one space. Why is this a good thing?

For one thing, leasing this space lets us save our capital dollars for things like the LRT, libraries, and roads. Moving staff into one building also decreases our space needs by 25%, which provides significant annual cost savings. The building allows us to create a one-stop shop for city services and to continue transforming our downtown.

That being said, I understand that this announcement may raise some questions. If there’s anything I can help to answer, please contact me at michael.walters@edmonton.ca.

Today, the City of Edmonton announced that we’ve successfully concluded negotiations with the EAD First Street Building Corporation to lease space for City staff in a new office tower. I recognize that some of you may have questions about this announcement, so I want to share some of the background with you.

 

The City has been reviewing its space needs for City staff in the downtown core for a few years. We have about 3000 staff working downtown in nine different buildings; some of our leases are expiring and other buildings are reaching the end of their useable life. So, in the Fall of 2012, we launched a Request for Expressions of Interest to determine market interest in providing space to house city staff, and in Spring of 2013, we began a Negotiated Request for Proposals, receiving 14 submissions. 

 

The RFP generated a lot of interest, so the City engaged a Fairness Advisor and two independent peer reviewers to ensure a fair, comprehensive selection process.

Through this process, EAD’s proposal for 350,000 square feet of office space in a new tower being built at 101 Street and 104 Avenue was chosen. The new building will move 65% of our staff into one space. Why is this a good thing?

 

For one thing, leasing this space lets us save our capital dollars for things like the LRT, libraries, and roads. Moving staff into one building also decreases our space needs by 25%, which provides significant annual cost savings. The building allows us to create a one-stop shop for city services and to continue transforming our downtown.


That being said, I understand that this announcement may raise some questions. If there’s anything I can help to answer, please contact me at michael.walters@edmonton.ca.


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